New PDF release: A Companion to California History

By William Deverell, David Igler

ISBN-10: 1405161833

ISBN-13: 9781405161831

This quantity of unique essays via best students is an cutting edge, thorough advent to the background and tradition of California.

  • Includes 30 essays by means of top students within the field
  • Essays diversity largely throughout views, together with political, social, fiscal, and environmental history
  • Essays with comparable methods are paired and grouped to paintings as person items and as partners to one another through the text
  • Produced in organization with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

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Every culture is necessarily a culture of hope, for every culture offers its people stories about what is worth living for, exemplary lives, resources for explaining and living through misfortune. But because people from so many parts of the world have come to California, because it remains at the forefront of so many technological innovations that will shape the culture of the future, and because it has a long history as a showcase for individual and social possibility, the contours of California hope continue to interest and influence the world.

California’s history is riven – north and south, costal and inland, urban and rural, Anglo and indigenous, American and Mexican American, temperate and desert, valley and foothill, Los Angeles and San Francisco – but 36 d. j. waldie what cuts through these many “islands on the land” is the question of what had been gained by the dreams or desperation that brought Californians here. Do our stories record what had been hard won or do they merely dress up unbounded longings, ethnic and sectarian grievances, or lucky accidents – the gifts of nature and later the federal government – from which California’s illusions are made?

Defining california through culture 15 The Hmong are a mountain people, and Fresno sits in a very wide valley, flanked by the Sierra Nevada range to the east. Pai occasionally takes community elders to the mountains of Yosemite National Park, for a taste of the freedom, the freshness of the air they once knew in Laos. She takes them to Glacier Point, which overlooks Yosemite Valley and the granite peaks of the Yosemite back country, one of the most spectacular views on the face of the earth. But for the Hmong elders, the view is a painful reminder of the home they have left and will never see again.

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